Yesterday morning, a 2 month old infant was tragically killed by the family's dog.
The child's mother was at a Doctor's appointment with the 7 year old child. The father was asleep in another rom with a 3 year old child. The newborn, identified as Aiden McGrew, was apparently sitting in a baby swing. The family's dog -- a mixed breed dog that is being called a "retriever/lab mix" for lack of a better description, apparently bit the child mutliple times. The child died later at the hospital.
The dog was new to th family as they had dog-sat for the dog before and the owner decided they no longer wanted to keep him.
The story is all over the news - -and has run in more than 300 news outlets.
The community of Ridgeville has a poverty level of 29% -- which is more than double the national average.
There is probably a lot to say about this incident, but then again, maybe not, as it kind of speaks for itself. It's a tragedy and my heart goes out to the family in this tragic event.
The dog is also not likely an aggressive dog either, or a threat to society. It's actually hard to say what led up to the tragedy, but I doubt "aggression" was the culprit. This is a prime example of the reality that no matter how safe dogs are (and they are incredibly safe), they are animals. And as such, can be involved in something like this. And it's why I repeat, over and over, that regardless of how well behaved your dog is, they should never be left alone and unsupervised with a small child. And it shows over and over why people who insist on trying make dog bites a breed-specific issue are tragically wrong - -and why it is leading to people being less knowledgable about dog behavior and making people LESS safe. Because people mistakenly believe that "their" dog is safe, because it's not one of "those" dogs.
Dogs are dogs, and should be supervised with young children. Always.
My heart goes out to the family and if any more details of this tragedy come up I will certainly fill in the details here.